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Released political detainees wonder: ‘Did we go to jail for nothing?’

“Did we go to jail for nothing?” This was the recurrent question raised by several former political detainees, recently released under a presidential pardon on Eid Al-Adha. “We are depressed, because when we got out of prison we realised that nothing has changed,” said Abdullah Zaki. Zaki was released from Tora Prison, after spending nearly …

Amira El-Fekki

Egypt: Country of remarkable, yet jailed, women

By Semanur Karaman and Sara Katrine Brandt No country in the world is safe for women human rights defenders, yet Egypt is particularly dangerous for women who want to contribute to democracy and assert their presence in the public-political sphere. Here are a few examples of defenders who have been punished, attacked, who have experienced …

Daily News Egypt

And a toast to you all…

On 22 January 2012, two days before the then MB-controlled parliament convened for the first time, I hosted a party at my house. The moment you enter the door of the apartment, you face a big banner that said: “The Muslim Brotherhood are coming… quickly grab a drink or two”. Needless to say, the guests …

Mahmoud Salem